Do you think you are too insignificant to impact God? Our sin impacts God in the most personal manner. Our sin cost God his son. And our righteousness pleases God as we reflect Jesus back to the Father when we act rightly. Everything we do matters to God!
1 Then Elihu said:
2 “Do you think this is just?
You say, ‘I am in the right, not God.’
3 Yet you ask him, ‘What profit is it to me,
and what do I gain by not sinning?’
4 “I would like to reply to you
and to your friends with you.
5 Look up at the heavens and see;
gaze at the clouds so high above you.
6 If you sin, how does that affect him?
If your sins are many, what does that do to him?
7 If you are righteous, what do you give to him,
or what does he receive from your hand?
8 Your wickedness only affects humans like yourself,
and your righteousness only other people.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Elihu is challenging Job regarding Job’s circumstances, and we can see he gets off-track in his perceptions of God. He tells Job that the wickedness and righteousness of people on earth only affects people on earth. Elihu believes that God, in his infinite and almighty position, is above and beyond being impacted by the people he created.
Do you live that way? Do you have the perspective that you are too insignificant to impact God?
You’re wrong. And God is the one who made it this way. You see, God loved us so much – each and every one of us – that he gave his only son for us. Jesus came to earth and died on the cross for each of us because we have sinned and only Jesus could pay the penalty for us.
Our sin impacts God in the most personal manner. Our sin cost God his son.
Likewise, our righteousness impacts God. It doesn’t earn us favour with him: we only have favour with God because of God and his love for us. Our righteousness pleases God in that we are reflecting Jesus back to the Father when we act rightly.
Everything we do matters to God.
And so, how will you live differently today? Will you turn from sin, which cost God his son, and pursue righteousness to show God that you are following his precious son, Jesus?